Discover Your Everyday Superpowers at the Maltz Museum

As seen in the newest issue of Canvas Magazine.

The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, also known as The Museum of Diversity & Tolerance, celebrates culture and identity to encourage connection and promote a greater appreciation of Jewish heritage and the diversity of the human experience.

Each year, an estimated 35,000 guests visit the Maltz Museum to explore stories of individuals and families – past and present – through state-of-the-art exhibitions, interactives and films, oral histories, photographs, and artifacts.

The Museum includes The Temple-Tifereth Israel Gallery, a nationally-recognized collection of Judaica; An American Story, which chronicles the immigrant experience, the development of Cleveland, the Holocaust, and the Civil Rights Movement; and a special exhibition gallery that hosts important exhibitions of national and international acclaim.

Through An American Story, visitors step into a world filled with inspiring and moving stories of Jewish immigrants, perhaps even their own ancestors, and of modern-day heroes. David Schafer, Managing Director of the Maltz Museum, asks, “What makes a hero? Is it physical strength or is it the courage to use the strength we have for good? In each of us, there is a hero. Inside, we are strong enough, brave enough, and courageous enough to make choices that lift others up. Sometimes, we must even lift ourselves up first so that we can help someone else.”

This summer, the Maltz Museum invites audiences to join in celebrating everyday heroes in the community, those who have broken through barriers, overcome obstacles, and fought for what they believe in.

As Hillel the Elder said, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? If not now when?”

In lieu of a special exhibition, an Everyday Heroes Activity Center will be in the open space, inviting young families to explore their own everyday superpowers, such as kindness, compassion, listening, and helping. From a PJ Library Story Book Corner to a Build a Better World Jumbo Lego Station, young children and the big people who love them can explore themes of being an everyday hero.

In addition, a newly created family-friendly summer tour of An American Story will give younger audiences a fun way to experience the Maltz Museum. Guests can enjoy an Everyday Hero StoryWalk, which is a self-guided, hands-on tour using a children’s book to explore the exhibition.

Additional drop-in tours will also be offered throughout the summer, including An American Story, The Temple-Tifereth Israel Gallery, and Themes of the Holocaust.

Dynamic films on making a difference, lectures and panel discussions on fighting for freedom, performances on breaking through barriers, and gallery talks on exploring Jewish Cleveland Heroes offer something for everyone.

Schafer said, “Now is the time to support diversity and inclusion. Now is the time to be an everyday hero.”

Everyday Heroes at The Maltz Museum kicks off in June. For more information or to become a sponsor, contact Dahlia Fisher at dfisher@mmjh.org or 216-593-0585.